Roasts, steaks or burgers—no matter how it’s served, beef is an excellent choice for a delicious meal.
Health Benefits of Beef
Beef is a rich source of protein; the minerals phosphorous, selenium, and zinc; and vitamin B12. It’s also a good source for iron, niacin, vitamin B6 and riboflavin, according to the USDA. More than 29 cuts of beef meet government guidelines for being lean, including tenderloin and T-bone. Twenty of those cuts have, on average, only 1 more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast, per 3-ounce serving.
Grades of Beef:**
Beef is graded by the United States Department of Agriculture as Prime, Choice or Select. Here’s the definition for each of the three grades:
USDA Prime Slightly Abundant to Abundant Marbling
Prime beef is produced by young, well-fed cattle. Prime roasts and steaks are excellent for broiling, roasting or grilling.
USDA Choice Small to Moderate Marbling
Choice beef is high quality, but it has less marbling than Prime. Within Choice, there are three levels—closer to Prime on the high end and closer to Select on the lower end. Choice roasts and steaks from the loin and rib will be very tender, juicy and flavorful and are suited for broiling, roasting or grilling. Less tender cuts are perfect for braising, roasting or simmering on the stovetop with a small amount of liquid.
All Marsh Premium-Aged Black Angus Beef is rated at the highest Choice level for its marbling and tenderness. So it tastes very much like Prime, but at a lower cost.
USDA Select Slight Marbling
Select beef is very uniform in quality and normally leaner than Prime or Choice. It is fairly tender but, because it has less marbling, it may not have as much juiciness or flavor. Select beef is great for marinating or braising.
Marsh offers a large selection of ground beef with various lean percentages and texture choices. A selection of grinds best serves those with special dietary preferences and is great for recipes calling for specific grinds, such as chili.
Ground Beef: 73% lean
Ground Chuck: 80% lean
Ground Round: 86% lean
Ground Sirloin: 90% lean
Coarse-Ground Ground Beef: This is a chunkier grind.